England and Wales
‘One thing beats going to the coast and looking at the sea: being on the sea and looking at the land’: Stuart Fisher researched this book by paddling around Britain by kayak, crossing busy harbours and industrial estuaries as well as rocky inlets and sandy beaches. With photographs, reproductions and maps, the book celebrates the history, culture and wildlife along the shoreline, starting at the Scottish border near Berwick and travelling clockwise to finish at the Solway Firth.
The Official Encyclopedia of the Yellow Jersey
Eugène Christophe was leading the Tour de France in 1919 when an official, frustrated that all the riders were wearing similar outfits, gave him a yellow jersey so that he could be picked out in the peloton. Celebrating the honour and achievement of following in his tracks, this highly illustrated volume profiles the top riders and provides statistics about the maillot jaune over a 100 years of the world’s premier cycle race.
Played in London
Charting the Heritage of a City at Play
This overview of the capital’s sporting heritage and architecture details the background and history of a comprehensive variety of events, including current and forgotten venues from the centre to the suburbs, together with a range of anecdotes and archive photos.
Wisden at the Oval
Since 1845 The Oval has played a vital role in cricket’s development, as the site of the first Test match in England, birthplace of the Ashes and backdrop to some of the sport’s greatest performances. This selection of articles illustrates how key moments beneath Kennington’s gasholders were reported in that other venerable cricket institution, Wisden’s Almanack. Forewords by former Surrey captains Micky and Alec Stewart.
A Graphic History of the World's Most Iconic Soccer Tactics
Including 4-4-2 and the eponymous total football, this history of the beautiful game’s tactics shows how the systems used on the field have defined the mindset, aesthetic quality and results of the greatest teams. Using infographics to explain each style, the book focuses on key matches and influential clubs to show how tactics have evolved from the defensive catenaccio to the short passes of tiki taka and from Cruyff to Guardiola.
The Life of Arnold Palmer
With a string of victories in the 1960s, just as television was bringing golf to a wider audience, Arnold Palmer is credited with revolutionizing the game. This biography explores his playing career and the lasting legacy he built through decades as one of the game's leading ambassadors.
Technologies That Changed Sporting History
Compiled by a leading figure in sports engineering, this analysis of sporting technology describes the historical development of equipment, from dimpled golf balls to spaghetti-strung tennis rackets and swimmers' bodysuits, and explores the latest innovations.
The Complete Book of Sailing Knots
Geoffrey Budworth’s invaluable guidebook ‘for all who go near boats of any kind’ provides expert, clearly illustrated instruction on how to tie and how to use more than 60 knots as well as information on the history of cordage and the origins and lore of the various knots.
The Men Who Taught the World How to Beat England at Their Own Game
The legacy of the English coaches who taught the world how to play football is preserved in the informal word for manager used in Italy, Spain and South America: ‘Mister’. From pioneers such as Fred Pentland and William Garbutt, who helped shape the Italian and Spanish game in the 1920s, to more recent exports, such as Roy Hodgson, this volume traces the history of England’s football missionaries.
Raise Your Game
How to Speak Fluent Sport
Specialist language is an intrinsic part of all sport, whether it is understanding an idiosyncratic scoring system or being able to correctly apply the terms peculiar to the technique or equipment of a game. Illustrated with more than 60 cartoons, this humorous look at the eccentricities of 50 popular sports explains how they are played and provides a lexicon of the terminology of each.
Return to Glory!
The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Racing Car
Returning to sports-car racing in the early 1950s, Mercedes produced a car that was notably less powerful than its rivals, but was nevertheless competitive due to its low weight and streamlined profile. This book traces the development of the 300SL and reviews its remarkable performances in the most important endurance races of 1952, from the Mille Miglia, where it finished second, to winning at the Nürburgring, Le Mans and the Carrera Panamerica.
A History in Ten Matches
From the flowering of Ferguson's Manchester United in the early 1990s to the last-gasp championship won by their now astronomically well-funded rivals, Manchester City, in 2012, this book charts the rise of the Premier League through ten milestone matches. Slightly off-mint.
The Heroes and Hellraisers that Made Road Cycling
Despite tacks and broken glass spread on the road, fans attempting to impede competitors, and cyclists drafting behind cars, the inaugural Tour de France was won in 1903 by Maurice Garin, with his and the race's success helping to establish the popularity of the sport. This illustrated history of road cycling tells the story through key personalities, from the early two-wheel pioneers to legends such as Merckx and Hinault and the stars of today.
World Encyclopaedia of Racing Drivers
The Definitive Reference to the Lives and Achievements of 2,500 International Racing Drivers
Covering winners, losers, has-beens and hopefuls in a great range of races and championships, from Grand Prix to stock car racing, this is the definitive reference to the lives and achievements of some 2,500 international racing drivers. Arranged alphabetically, from Rauno Aaltonen (a rare cross-over from rallying to racing) to the 2005 Formula Atlantic winner, Charles Zwolsman Jr, the Encyclopaedia lists each driver’s principal race wins and gives a concise account of his or her life and career. Slipcased.
The Roar of the Crowd
A Sporting Anthology
The anonymous 16th-century ode The Bewties of the Fute-ball gives us some insight into the early game, and Dickens's description of Epsom Downs Racecourse brings the bustle and excitement of Derby Day in the 1850s vividly to life. This literary collection selects the responses of celebrated writers, including PG Wodehouse, Walter Scott, Ernest Hemingway and Doris Lessing, to sports as diverse as cricket, boxing and fishing.